Stephen F. Austin's Demi Payne breaks own pole vault national record
HAMMOND, La. -- Just two weeks after breaking the collegiate outdoor women's pole vault record for the first time, Stephen F. Austin's Demi Payne raised the bar again on Friday afternoon at the 2015 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships at the Southeastern Track and Field Complex in Hammond, Louisiana. The junior pole vaulter skied over her previous top national mark with a monster 15-5.5 (4.71m) vault to win her second career SLC crown.
Payne made quick work of her first three heights, surpassing 13-11.25 (4.25m), 14-7.25 (4.45m) and 15-1.25 (4.60m) on her first attempts to secure the SLC meet record and clinch the conference individual title. As the only competitor remaining in the field, Payne decided to go for 15-5.5 (4.71m).
It only took her two attempts at the new height to break her own national mark, tightening her hold on the collegiate standard. Payne initially broke the outdoor record on April 24 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa with a jump of 15-3.5 (4.66m). The bar she tackled on Friday is tied for the best height cleared in the world this outdoor season.
Payne, who owns the collegiate records for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, was named to the latest Bowerman Trophy Watch List earlier this week. The award is given annually to the best collegiate track and field athlete in the nation.